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Family of deceased officer may qualify for workers' compensation

Police officers know that they could potentially face life-threatening situations as they go about their workday. Despite this knowledge, they continue to report to work every day, ready to sacrifice themselves in order to protect others. However, a workplace accident can often leave a victim and/or his or her family concerned about their financial situation. The family of a deceased California police officer is likely wondering how they will make ends meet after their loved one was killed in a recent motorcycle accident. Workers' compensation benefits may be able to help fill the gap.

The incident happened one afternoon on a day in mid-June. Reports indicate that the 34-year-old man was an 11-year veteran of the police force. At the time of the accident, he was conducting a patrol while riding a motorcycle issued by the police department. The driver of a silver minivan reportedly attempted a left turn into the path of the police officer, causing a collision.

A witness was able to use the officer's radio to request help. Although the officer was transported to the hospital, he was pronounced dead when he arrived. The driver of the van reportedly remained at the scene and cooperated with police. While the accident remains under investigation, police do not believe that drugs or alcohol was involved.

Unfortunately, the deceased police officer leaves behind a family, including two young sons. Because accidents such as this can often leave families floundering as a result of medical bills, funeral expenses and loss of wages, California requires employers to provide workers' compensation insurance benefits in case of an accident. In the event of a fatality such as this, these benefits typically extend to dependent family members. In order to ensure fair compensation, many people who qualify for such benefits seek the guidance of a professional who has experience with the process.

Source: mercurynews.com, "San Jose motorcycle officer killed in collision", Robert Salonga and Katrina Cameron, June 14, 2016

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